Athletics: Football

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Coaching Staff:

Mike Donnelly - Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs
Tom Perkovich - Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line
Joshua Carter - Special Teams Coordinator/Quarterbacks
Ron Hannis - Defensive Line
Mike Kane - Wide Receivers
Mike Litzenberger - Inside Linebackers
Jordan Purdy - Running Backs
Joel Sheldon - Director of Football Operations/Assistant Special Teams Coordinator
Shea Dwyer - Tight Ends
Pat Ruley - Outside Linebackers

Head Coach Mike Donnelly
Defensive Coordinator/Safeties

Mike Donnelly Mike Donnelly is the winningest head coach in the history of Muhlenberg College football with a record of 114-67 (.630) in 17 years. Since taking over a program that struggled in the years prior to his arrival, Donnelly has turned the Mules into a perennial championship and postseason contender and national top-10 team.

Donnelly was named regional coach of the year by the American Football Coaches Association and D3football.com in 2007 after leading Muhlenberg to its first undefeated regular season in the 106-year program history. The Mules won the Centennial Conference championship, finished the regular season with a 10-0 record and advanced to the second round of the

Mike Donnelly Year by Year
Year W-L Championships/Postseason
2013 8-3 ECAC South Atlantic bid
2012 8-3 ECAC South Atlantic bid
2011 7-3
2010 7-4 CC co-champions, NCAA Tournament
2009 3-7
2008 9-2 CC champions, NCAA Tournament
2007 11-1 CC champions, NCAA Tournament (second round)
2006 5-5
2005 3-7
2004 8-3 CC co-champions, NCAA Tournament
2003 7-3 CC co-champions, NCAA Tournament
2002 10-2 CC co-champions, NCAA Tournament (second round)
2001 7-4 CC co-champions, ECAC Southeast bid
2000 9-2 ECAC Southwest champions
1999 6-4
1998 5-5
1997 1-9
NCAA Division III playoffs. They were ranked eighth in the country in the final poll of the season.

The 2008 squad repeated as CC champion and rose to No. 2 in one national poll — the highest national ranking ever for any Muhlenberg team in any sport. Donnelly was voted CC coach of the year.

The Mules are 112-53 (.679) in their last 165 games and have earned 10 postseason invitations since 2000. They tied for the Centennial Conference championship four straight years (2001-04) and made their first national playoff appearance in 2002.

In 1999, Muhlenberg finished 6-4 for its first winning record since 1989 and broke or tied 57 school, CC and NCAA records. The 2000 team tied a school record by winning nine games and earned the program’s first postseason bid since 1946. That squad also had three All-Americans for the first time ever. In 2001, Muhlenberg was ranked 16th in Division III in a preseason poll, and the 2002 squad finished ranked 17th after winning 10 games.

The 2003 Mules won their final seven regular-season games and became the first team to win the CC title after losing the conference opener. They duplicated that feat in 2004 and led Division III in total defense.

In his 17 seasons, Donnelly has coached 16 All-Americans, eight Centennial Conference players of the year, one CC rookie of the year and five Academic All-Americans.

Donnelly brought to Muhlenberg impressive credentials as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Columbia, where he was instrumental in bringing a struggling program to national prominence in his four seasons there. The Lions ranked in the top 20 nationally in Division I in seven defensive categories in 1996 and compiled an 8-2 record, their best in 51 years. One of his charges, defensive end Marcellus Wiley, was a second-round draft pick of the Buffalo Bills.

Originally from Albany, N.Y., Donnelly is a 1975 graduate of Ithaca College, where he was an all-conference linebacker. He has 40 years of coaching experience at the high school, Division I, II and III levels, including stints at Albany, East Stroudsburg, Rensselaer, Ithaca, Lafayette and Buffalo. He coached the linebackers at Ithaca, helping his alma mater to the 1980 NCAA Division III championship game while also leading the Bombers to four consecutive outdoor conference track titles.

Assistant Coach Tom Perkovich
Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line

Tom Perkovich Tom Perkovich is in his 10th season at Muhlenberg. During his time "Perk" has built offensive lines that paved the way for the top three rushers in program history.

One of Perkovich’s linemen earned first-team All-Centennial Conference honors seven of the last eight years.

Perkovich was running backs coach in 2003 and 2004, helping the Mules to consecutive Centennial Conference championships. Six different backs recorded 100-yard games in his two years, and one became the program’s all-time leading rusher and scorer.

After leaving Muhlenberg, Perkovich furthered his experience at two Division I schools. He was tight ends coach at College of the Holy Cross for the 2005 season and running backs coach at Colgate University in the spring of 2006.

Perkovich returned to the Muhlenberg staff on a full-time basis in 2006, coaching the offensive line and serving as the team’s strength coach. He was special teams coordinator in 2009 and assumed the role of offensive coordinator for the 2010 season.

A native of Tonawanda, N.Y., Perkovich was a rarety in Division I a two-sport athlete. He was an all-star offensive lineman at Canisius College, earning second-team mid-major All-America honors from Football Gazette as a senior. He played in all 42 games during his four-year career, starting the final 31, and also was a four-year letterwinner in basketball.

Assistant Coach Joshua Carter
Special Teams Coordinator/Quarterbacks/Receivers

Joshua Carter More than a decade after he was one of the top kick returners in college football, Joshua Carter made another big return – this one to his alma mater when he was hired as quarterbacks/wide receivers coach and special teams coordinator in 2014.

Carter played for the Mules from 1998 to 2001 and rewrote the record book, setting still-standing school records for career yards (2,189), average (29.2) and touchdowns (4) on kickoff returns, yards (1,550) on punt returns, all-purpose yards in a career (6,642) and game (344), touchdown receptions in career (33), season (14) and game (4) and career receiving yards (2,733). He also tied the mark for career receptions (169).

Some of those marks have stood up on a national level as well. More than 10 years after his graduation, Carter still holds the all-time Division III records for career yards on punt returns and combined yards on kick returns (3,739). Entering the 2013 season, his career average on kickoff returns ranked sixth in Division III history and 26th among all NCAA levels. He was named to D3football.com's 2000s All-Decade Team in 2011.

A three-year All-American, Carter was named to the All-Centennial Conference first team five times (three as a kick returner and two as a wide receiver) and was CC offensive player of the year in 2000. Also a standout on the baseball field, where he hit .348, stole a school-record 86 bases and pitched a no-hitter, Carter was inducted into the Muhlenberg College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007.

After graduating in 2002, Carter served as an assistant football and baseball coach at Rye Country Day School (N.Y.) and Muhlenberg. He also was an assistant football coach at Lafayette and Fordham before taking some time away from the coaching profession.

Ron Hannis Assistant Coach Ron Hannis
Defensive Line

Now in his 10th year on the Muhlenberg staff, Ron Hannis was an assistant football coach in the Wilson Area School District from 1998 to 2003, serving as offensive coordinator, offensive and defensive line coach and strength coach. For the previous four years, he coached in the Salisbury Twp. School District. Hannis is a 1994 graduate of East Stroudsburg University, where he won three varsity letters as an offensive guard, earning all-conference honors in 1991.

Mike Kane Assistant Coach Mike Kane
Wide Receivers

Mike Kane is in his third year coaching the wide receivers at Muhlenberg. A 2009 graduate of West Chester University, Kane was a volunteer football operations assistant with the defensive staff at Lafayette College for two years before joining the Mule staff in 2012. He also coached the freshman football team at West Chester East High School in 2008. Kane, who was tri-captain of a district champion football team at Saucon Valley High School, is a mental health worker in the life skills classroom at Pocono Mountain East Junior High School.

Mike Litzenberger Assistant Coach Mike Litzenberger
Inside Linebackers

Mike Litzenberger joined the Muhlenberg staff for the 2009 season, bringing 26 years of coaching experience at local high schools. He spent the last six seasons at Catasauqua High School, including the last three as head coach. He previously worked on staffs at Dieruff (1983-88), Emmaus (1989-93), Parkland (1994-2001) and Freedom (2002) high schools.

Jordan Purdy Assistant Coach Jordan Purdy
Running Backs

A 2007 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America offensive lineman, Jordan Purdy uses his considerable football and teaching experience to enhance the Mule backfield as running backs coach. Before coming to Muhlenberg in 2010, Purdy spent the past two seasons as the offensive line coach and special teams coordinator at Salisbury High School in Allentown, while also working as an emotional support teacher at Francis D. Raub Middle School. Purdy was a four-year letterwinner and captain at Wilkes University, and was named all-conference in 2005 and 2006, while also earning honorable mention All-America honors in 2006. A native of Easton, Purdy graduated from Wilkes in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education and a minor in history.

Joel Sheldon Assistant Coach Joel Sheldon
Assistant Special Teams Coordinator/Director of Football Operations

After a year away, Joel Sheldon rejoined the Mule staff as director of football operations in 2010. He has the additional duty of assistant special teams coordinator for the fifth year. Sheldon joined the staff in 2002 after two seasons as head coach and offensive coordinator of the semipro Lehigh Valley Steelers of the Garden State Football League. He played semiprofessionally as an offensive lineman for the Lehigh Valley Panthers for the previous two years. A former player at California (Pa.) University, Sheldon is a project manager for Neuber Group in Phoenixville, Pa. He and his wife, Lisa, have two daughters, Madison, 10, and Elizabeth, 3.

Shea DwyerAssistant Coach Shea Dwyer
Tight Ends

Shea Dwyer is new to the Muhlenberg staff in 2014, coaching the tight ends. After an All-America career at Wesleyan (Conn.) University, where he set the single-game and single-season rushing records, Dwyer went on to coach at the high school level. In 2012 he helped lead Xavier High School to a Connecticut state championship as the receivers and defensive backs coach. Dwyer returned to his alma mater in 2013 to coach running backs. Dwyer graduated from Wesleyan in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in government, and completed his master’s of liberal sciences in 2012.

Pat Ruley Assistant Coach Patrick Ruley
Outside Linebackers

After spending a year as a special teams assistant and in charge of defensive quality control at FCS runner-up Towson University, Patrick Ruley joins the Muhlenberg staff in 2014, coaching the outside linebackers. Ruley graduated from Rowan University in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in English. As a four-year letterwinner for the Profs, Ruley was a two-time all-New Jersey Athletic Conference selection at outside linebacker and was a captain his senior season. He finished with career with 179 tackles, including 20 for loss, and was selected to play in the 2012 National Bowl All-Star Game.